Interview with Brian McMickle

Describe your desk
A recliner and a laptop. There is an end table to my left with a lamp and an occupied coaster.
When did you first start writing?
Pretty much as far back as I can remember. My mom was a children's writer. I remember getting so excited when she had a new story for me, although I would make her re-read "Monkey Business at Aunt Kate's" at every chance I got as well. I loved it so much that it inspired me to create my own.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The discovery.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am also a musician and over the years have dealt with more than enough agents and labels and what not to leave a bitter taste in my mouth. This is my passion, and I want full control over it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Hobbit would be one simply because i've found myself reading it more than once. Its a fun adventure and more compact than most of Tolkien's world. Plus I love Bilbo as a protagonist. I also enjoyed Replay by Ken Grimwood as its simply an interesting concept to dive into the possibilities of what one would do if they got to relive their life while retaining their memories. Though they were made famous by their films, probably Fight Club and High Fidelity. Getting inside the head of the characters in relatable situations to my own at the times I read them had me hooked. I'll probably wrap up with Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy because it was simply fantastic.
What do you read for pleasure?
Various forms of fiction. Science Fiction and Fantasy seem to be the most recurring items in my bookshelves but I'm a sucker for great humor. But I would never limit it down too much. All I need is a good premise with some decent story telling behind it and I'm good to go.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the backwoods of Locust Grove, GA. I remember when it got its first stop light, its first fast food chain, and over coarse when they paved paradise and put up a parking lot for a Tanger Outlet Mall. I don't really recognize it anymore. But when growing up it was filled with some amazing people. I had a great deal of my family close by and some very close friends to go ride bikes or go fishing with. In terms of how it affected my writing...I saw a lot of change over the years, not just in the area but in the people. I've come know a vast range of intriguing personalities over the years across many demogrpahics and classes. It has generated a well for me to draw from that I highly doubt I'll ever be able to deplete.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is an idea that I had played around with since college. My first draft had far too many remnants of my history and sociology papers for college that I threw it in the trash. But scrambled somewhere admid my attempt at writing the next great American novel was something even better, a good story. So I back up the idea again about 4 years ago and wrote the whole thing from scratch, taking Stephen King's advise from his book On Writing and forgetting about the themes and plot summaries and simply discovering the story and putting it to paper.
How do you approach cover design?
Like a digital playground. I highly enjoy utilizing some of the amazing tools that are out there to see what all I can come up with. Since my more recent book is in outer space, this made the process even more fun. In any case, I think the first thing someone must decide is what do they want for their cover. If you are after a very "professional" cover and don't have much experience in graphic design, then use a generator or hire a pro. My only problem here is that too many book covers end up looking the same. Though the content is what counts, I do enjoy seeing something creative on the front as opposed one of x number of templates.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Setting up events has gotten the most response so far. People seem a bit more intrigued to actually see an author in person as if we were some sort of mystical creature from a different realm, only appearing to the world at certain times and places. Everything in the digital-sphere has been a roll of the dice.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am new here so its tough to answer at this point. However, I'd say getting my story out to as many mediums as possible certainly seems like a plus and Smashwords has a means to do just that. I'm excited to see more I can do through this site.
Published 2017-06-20.
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Books by This Author

Echo Nova Delta
Series: The Expansion Project Series, II. Pre-release—available July 21, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,130. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
They thought the battle was over, but as a distress beacon gets attacked by a ship from Earth, James (former spy from Earth) is compelled to join his new caretaker, Sam, on a quest for answers. Hoping to solve the mystery behind the Expansion Project and dreaded Argyra creature, the two track the signal to find a desolated planet and face down some ghosts from their pasts.
Nothing Left
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 74,370. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The recovery from a broken heart can be an odd process, especially when forced to do so in the midst of a family vacation. Through a series of strange situations, chance occurrences, and quite a few drinks, Jack Rawlings Jr. seeks to answer the question of how to get through the hard times and find something better.
The Expansion Project
Series: The Expansion Project Series, I. Price: Free! Words: 108,350. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
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Former CIA operative James Singer has awoken on a strange planet with an extraordinary puzzle to solve, where am I and how did I get here? Though captivated by a new world and its remarkable inhabitants, James must press forward in order to uncover the purpose of his arrival, the whereabouts of his wife, and his place in the interstellar war sitting just outside the atmosphere.